September Highlights on VIA Radio

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We’re freshening-up weekends for the fall here on VIA Radio. 


Our favorite travel guide Rick Steves and his guest travel experts lead us on global adventures each Sunday at 11am on Travel with Rick Steves. Rick interviews travel writers, authors, and expert travel guides about the places and concepts that make our world so interesting. 



NPR’s program of big ideas of the future, The TED Radio Hour moves to Sunday mornings at 10. The program explores the best ideas in technology, entertainment, design and much more, each approach to every idea is different, and each is fascinating listening. You enjoy solving Puzzlemaster Will Shortz’s brain-teasers each week on Weekend Edition Sunday; the puzzles of the future will continue to stimulate your gray cells on The TED Radio Hour.



And if ever you wondered about the words and phrases we use, you will want to tune in each Saturday at Noon for A Way with Words, a call-in show about language. Author Martha Barnette and lexicographer Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, linguistic heirlooms, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. By looking at the world through the lens of language, A Way with Words offers a brand-new perspective on politics, pop culture, history, sports, music, science, literature, and foreign cultures. A Way with Words is funny, informative, and fast-paced; certain to brighten your Saturday.


WVIA Simply Grand Concert

Sunday, September 1, 2pm

Faculty members of Mansfield University perform a varied program of classical music during the final Simply Grand Concert of the season recorded in the Sordoni Theater Sunday March 24, 2019 Flutist Christine Fish Moulton is featured in a number of works performing with her colleagues Alissa Rose, soprano, Susan Laib, oboe, and Richard MacDowell, clarinet. The pianist for this concert is WVIA’s own Gary Boerckel, host of Music to My Ears heard Sundays at 1:00pm on VIA Radio. (repeat)




Tuesday, September 3, 9pm

Rock violin virtuoso Joe Deninzon heads up this long-running, internationally touring group that provides high energy music that crosses genres. This is an encore of their memorable 2007 Homegrown Music session.


Eugene Onegin


Saturday, September 7, 1pm

Intensely passionate drama set to some of opera’s most sweeping, soulful, and heart-stoppingly beautiful music — that is Eugene Onegin. Tatiana is a lovesick country girl, and Onegin is the sophisticated young man who callously spurns her love before realizing, too late, what a mistake he’s made. Here is Pushkin’s profoundly human, hopelessly romantic, ultimately devastating story, elevated by Tchaikovsky’s richly layered and unabashedly expressive music. Find out why Eugene Onegin is beloved by opera audiences the world over. This performance stars Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana). Alejo Pérez conducts.


Decomposed: Clara Schumann. 

Sunday, September 8, 2pm

September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.

Decomposed podcast host Jade Simmons narrates this fascinating, thoughtful biographic feature on Schumann, and the challenges and choices she had to make as a female musical prodigy in the 19th century.

Decomposed is a series that breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music, from secrets and scandals to acts of sheer genius. Hear these stories accompanied by the symphonies, operas and other masterpieces they inspired. Hosted by Jade Simmons, a classical concert pianist and storyteller, the first season of Decomposed takes on gender expectations, Cold War propaganda and the danger of putting your personal life on the stage. Produced in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio.


David Gelman


Tuesday, September 10, 9pm

A singer-songwriter with a career of over 40 years, David Gelman recently released a new album called Last Surviving Son. He returns to Homegrown Music with a new batch of his articulate original songs, joined by guitarist Ann Klein.


Les Troyens


Saturday, September 14, 1pm

The drama of the Trojan War, replete with heroes and tragedy, has captivated audiences from literature to film, and nowhere does it come to life more vividly than in French opera’s most astounding work, Les Troyens. Hector Berlioz served as composer and librettist for his epic operatic adaptation of Virgil’s Aeneid. Grand and glorious in its musical and dramatic breadth, this opera is rarely performed because of its enormous scale. Experience the tidal wave of sound from Lyric’s massive chorus and orchestra and the exciting ballet as this theatrical tour de force unfolds with a powerhouse cast: Christine Goerke (Cassandre), Susan Graham (Didon), Brandon Jovanovich (Énée), and Lucas Meachem (Chorèbe). Sir Andrew Davis conducts.


San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, September 15, 2pm

This season of the San Francisco Symphony radio broadcasts opens with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra in three symphonies. The concert opens with music of the ‘Father of the Symphony’, Joseph Haydn: the Symphony No. 69 in C. Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony and the Symphony No. 3 of Jean Sibelius round out the program. Rik Malon hosts.


Simon Apple


Tuesday, September 17, 9pm

The band called Simon Apple released a much acclaimed CD called River to the Sea in 2007, which featured guest appearances by luminaries like bassist Tony Levin, and Hugh McDowell of the  Electric Light Orchestra. The individual members remain active, though the group has been on hiatus. They put in an outstanding live Homegrown Music concert in 2007, spotlighting their combination of progressive rock and melodic songs. This HGM segment presents an encore of that show.



San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, September 22, 2pm

Superstar pianist Yuja Wang joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for the work that launched Frederic Chopin's career, the Piano Concerto No.2. This episode also features music by Michael Tilson Thomas himself and Anton Bruckner's tribute to his idol, Richard Wagner, the Symphony No. 7. Rik Malon hosts.


Jamie O'Brien and Henry Koretzky


Tuesday, September 24, 9pm

Central PA traditional folk musician and mandolinist Henry Koretzky and British-born guitarist-vocalist Jamie O’Brien have had a long-running collaboration. They make their Homegrown Music debut as a duo with a collection of mainly traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.


San Francisco Symphony. Literature in Music

Sunday, September 29, 2pm

In this week's episode, violinist Leila Josefowicz joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the symphony for a new concerto by John Adams based on the ancient story of Scheherazade. Also featured will be music Prokofiev’s epic Shakespearean ballet Romeo & Juliet that won Michael Tilson Thomas and the symphony their first Grammy award together. Rik Malon hosts.



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